WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

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Registration application periods

  • August 1 to September 15 (for fall admissions)
  • December 1 to January 10 (for winter admissions)

Information session (In French only)

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Explore new wine-producing regions, while improving your tasting techniques!

This avant-garde training addresses professionals of the wine world, having completed the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines, and wanting to further their knowledge of tasting and evaluating techniques for wines and spirits from around the world. 

Designed by London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines employs the systematic approach to tasting to describe, evaluate and recommend wines to hotel and restaurant clientele. Classes are taught in English and held at the ITHQ in Montréal.

Upon completion of this course, students may write the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines exam. Students who successfully complete the exam will be eligible for obtaining the Wine and Spirit Advanced certificate. Achievement of this certificate brings candidates one step closer to being accepted to the Master of Wine (MW) program, the most prestigious certification in the wine industry.

This program, bearing the official seal of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), presents a twofold challenge to hospitality and food service professionals, sommelier program students and informed wine experts. In addition to satisfying the ITHQ’s rigorous standards, they will develop their knowledge of wines and spirits in English.


  • To acquire advanced skills in wine evaluation
  • To adapt and use these skills in the restaurant industry and for the sale or promotion of these products
  • To master English oenology and wine tasting terminology

Duration and schedule

  • Program start dates in the fall and spring each year
  • Total of 40 course hours
  • Classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.


All students must adhere to certain basic professional image rules, complementing those in the dress code.


This level provides detailed analyses of the principal wines and spirits of the world. In each course, students will benefit from in-depth wine tastings, thereby learning to identify product style and quality.

See the general course content 

  • Wine Tasting
  • Food and Wine Matching
  • Social Responsibility
  • Labelling
  • Wine Production
  • Light Wines
  • Sparkling Wines
  • Fortified Wines

Fall 2018
From November 6 to December 11
Mondays and Tuesdays

Winter 2019
Coming soon


*At the orientation evening, students will receive preparatory readings and work to complete prior to the first class. It is therefore important to be in attendance. 


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • Be at least 18 years of age before classes begin;
  • Be sufficiently fluent in spoken and written English; and
  • Have access to a computer and be familiar with the Internet. 

Spots are limited to 24 students per group. Students are chosen on a priority basis according to their order of registration.

Note that it is strongly recommended to have completed the program WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits before enrolling in Level 3. 


  • WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines Diploma


Québec residents
Tuition fee: $1,504
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

Canadian students living outside Québec
Tuition fee: $1,504
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

International students
Tuition fee: $1,504
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

For all students
Fees include lecture notes, wine samples and WSET® course materials.


Scholarship for sommelier training: The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®), in collaboration with the International Wine Challenge (IWC) offers students the opportunity to apply for a scholarship covering up to 20% of their tuition fees. However, to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be registered in the WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines program, and must have successfully completed the WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines program.

Consult the application form Fichier pdf (1.2 MB) for more information on this program.

Various Canadian banks offer a student line of credit service for candidates admitted to this program.


By the ITHQ

The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program due to insufficient enrolment. In such cases, application and tuition fees are refunded.

By the student

Tuition fees are payable for each term of the program, and are refundable, minus a 25% administrative fee, provided that students cancel their registration before the first day of the term. No refunds will be granted after this date.


Employers subject to this act are entitled to submit the cost* of this training program as part of the 1% of total payroll that companies must invest in employee training. Don't forget to inform your employer!

*Certain conditions apply


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Applicants must ensure that they meet all of the requirements for their chosen program and supply all necessary documentation. You must provide a copy of photo ID at the first class. 


  1. Complete the  online enrollment application (French only) or the Enrollment Application form (English only, see the downloadable PDF document below). Please clearly indicate the chosen program and applicant’s e-mail address.
  2. Pay the tuition fee (refer to the Accepted Methods of Payment section).

Note that the application fee must be paid at the time of submitting the on-line admission application. 


  1. French is the language of instruction for ITHQ programs, with the exception of WSET® Level 2 & 3 Award in Wines and Spirits courses (English only), Guide touristique de Montréal / Montréal Tourist Guide and Hautes Études en gestion hôtelière internationale / Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management (bilingual: French and English).
  2. Registration is conditional upon the student being granted a tourist visa that will remain valid for the duration of the program. For more information, please see the website of the  Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion.
  3. All amounts listed are in Canadian funds.


Visa or MasterCard

Need more information?
Phone: 514-282-5110 or toll-free in Canada and the United States: 1-800-361-5111, ext. 5110,


Download my Enrollment Application form Fichier pdf (215 KB)

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